This summer I had the extreme pleasure of designing and helping plan my cousins wedding. Now, I’m usually not a huge proponent of mixing work and family, but I couldn’t help but jump in and help Jessica create her dream wedding. I come from a VERY small family – there are less then 10 people that I am related to on this half of the world!! I’ve known Jessica since the day she was born, and (now) fondly remember those nights when I would babysit and she would cry for hours on end…suddenly, she’s all grown up and getting married – and she tells me the design and flowers (besides the getting married part) are one of the most important parts for her. NO PRESSURE. Not to mention that she wants a very gardeny (yes, I made that word up) romantic wedding, and my designs tend towards the lush and modern. Despite my aunt’s look of worry, I tell them that yes, I can indeed do romantic and gardeny. Oh, and of course, I LOVE to use bold color – and Jessica wants what I termed a “tea-stained look.” I assure them that I can indeed, design to the bride and her wishes and we designed away, ending up with a fabulously collaborative mix of my designs and the bride’s DIY touches.
The beautiful bride and her romantic “tea stained” bouquet of garden roses, sweet peas, jasmine, gardenia and Metalina roses. Oh, that sweet flower girl?? That’s my daughter, Isabella. I’ve never ever my kids on my blog or website – that whole family/work separation. But, since Style Me Pretty has posted These stunning shots by the amazing Stephanie Cristalli, I figured it was time!
The pin on the ribbon was the bride’s and mine grandmother’s….very, very special. I hand-pleated the dupionni silk ribbon to complement the pleating on the bottom of Jessica’s delicious Melissa Sweet Gown.
The four ADORABLE ringbearer’s – although I’m biased – the little blondie is my son, Mateo. I know, his tie is crooked and he didn’t want his pocket square (gasp!) One of the drawbacks of being the florist/designer/planner, wedding attendee, mother of the ring bearer – still cute though.
Love this shot – it was so nice to work with Stephanie again!!
What pure joy to have been such an integral part of Jessica’s wedding!
So, there you go, readers – Over the last few years I’ve shown you my work, my passion, and now my family, and even my children…Hard for me to be so personal, and show so much of myself. However, the more open I am, the more you can see what drives me to create and how passionate I am about creating a wedding that truly reflects who you are. It just gets better everyday!